Moscow courtroom orders arrest of exiled novelist Boris Akunin over Ukraine help – JURIST


A Moscow courtroom issued an arrest warrant in absentia on Tuesday for exiled novelist Grigori Chkhartishvili (underneath pen identify Boris Akunin) over his critique of Russia’s warfare towards Ukraine. Accused of justifying terrorism and spreading “pretend information” concerning the Russian military, Akunin, who has resided exterior Russia since 2014, faces expenses initiated final month by Russian legislation enforcement.

The Basmanny District Courtroom in Moscow dominated for Akunin’s arrest, stipulating a two-month detention interval ought to he be extradited to Russia. If convicted, Akunin, 67, may withstand seven years in jail for terrorism-related expenses and as much as 10 years for disseminating “pretend information” throughout wartime. In December, Russia’s Ministry of Justice opened a felony case towards Akunin, and on January 12, it recognized him as a international agent.

Furthermore, Rosfinmonitoring, Russia’s monetary intelligence company, listed Akunin as a “terrorist and extremist,” enabling authorities to freeze his Russian financial institution accounts. Recognized for his vocal opposition to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its 2022 invasion of Ukraine, Akunin co-founded the “True Russia” platform, aiding Ukrainian refugees and exiled anti-war Russians.

The choice to arrest Akunin in absentia coincides with an intensifying crackdown on dissenting voices relating to Russia’s navy actions. In November 2023, Ksenia Fadeyeva, an ally of imprisoned opposition determine Alexei Navalny, was jailed whereas on trial for extremism within the Russian metropolis of Tomsk.

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